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#16 Sarah

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 09:43 AM

QUOTE(Jill @ Nov 7 2006, 03:27 PM)
Depends on what you mean by SEO friendly URLs.  Most URLs are SEO friendly, in general.
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When people start re-writing the indexed query strings to utilise keywords. This gives them an added incentive not to. I guess.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 09:52 AM

It's always been a bad idea to rewrite already indexed URLs.

IMO, the only reason to use rewrite on query string URLs was if there was something in the URL keeping it from getting indexed in the first place.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:37 AM

This discussion is a few years old and I thought I'd revisit it.
I'm about to do a site redesign for my client.
The URL structure was created in about 2001.
The developer would like to change it to eliminate the current folders and maybe eliminate the file extensions entirely.
So all URLs will change.
If we did this, we would of course 301 redirect all old URLs to new URLs.

Is it still risky to change URLs if you do all the 301s properly?
Has anyone changed URLs and done the 301s and maintained their good rankings?
Has anyone changed URLs and done the 301s and lost their good rankings?


QUOTE(torka @ Nov 7 2006, 09:52 AM) View Post
It's always been a bad idea to rewrite already indexed URLs.

IMO, the only reason to use rewrite on query string URLs was if there was something in the URL keeping it from getting indexed in the first place.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:47 AM

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Is it still risky to change URLs if you do all the 301s properly?
Nope.
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Has anyone changed URLs and done the 301s and maintained their good rankings?
Has anyone changed URLs and done the 301s and lost their good rankings?

Haven't checked "rankings" in years but I've never lost traffic because of a URL change and redirect.

#20 BlueHorseradish

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:21 PM

Thanks chrishirst.
Any other opinions?

QUOTE(chrishirst @ Dec 8 2011, 11:47 AM) View Post
Nope.

Haven't checked "rankings" in years but I've never lost traffic because of a URL change and redirect.



#21 Jill

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:26 PM

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Is it still risky to change URLs if you do all the 301s properly?

Usually not if that's ALL you do. But I still wouldn't recommend changing URLs unless you have to or there's some reason to beyond adding keywords into them.

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Has anyone changed URLs and done the 301s and maintained their good rankings?

Yes, all the time.

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Has anyone changed URLs and done the 301s and lost their good rankings?

I've seen it happen, but there's usually other reasons. Most of the time it has to do with changing the actual site architecture and how each page links to each other one.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:50 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ Dec 8 2011, 06:26 PM) View Post
Usually not if that's ALL you do. But I still wouldn't recommend changing URLs unless you have to or there's some reason to beyond adding keywords into them.
Yes, all the time.
I've seen it happen, but there's usually other reasons. Most of the time it has to do with changing the actual site architecture and how each page links to each other one.


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